of mice and men mark scheme

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Do you regard Of Mice and Men as a tragic novel?

Do you regard Of Mice and Men as a tragic novel?

Write about:

what seems tragic about the novel to you, or not

how Steinbeck makes the novel seem tragic, or not.

               (27 marks)

Skills Descriptors Content Descriptors

Mark Range Statements Mark Range Statements

0 marks nothing written

1-3 marks some writing about text or task

some specific features identified

some awareness of content of text

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card 1 cointinued

1-6 marks Answers are likely to include:

some features/details of tragic events

simple statement(s) about tragic events 

4-6 marks simple response to text or task simple comment(s) about tragic events and/or presentation

familiarity with specific part(s) of a text/reference to some detail(s)

simple comment on meaning

reference to language and/or method

7-9 marks some response to characters/situation/ideas

selection of appropriate material/some range of detail

awareness of explicit meaning(s)

simple identification of a method or an effect e.g. of devices/language

7-12 marks Answers are likely to include:

selection of appropriate material from novel relevant to tragic

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simple comment(s) on details of events relevant to tragic

some awareness of writer’s presentation of tragic events, e.g.

through imagery and speech, and/or writer’s methods and purposes in 

shaping events in structure of novel

10-12 marks supported response to characters/situations ideas

support points made/some comment on detail

generalisation(s) about meanings of texts

some awareness of a writer at work e.g. through devices/language

Skills Descriptors Content Descriptors

Mark Range Statements Mark Range Statements

13-15 marks some focus on the task

explained response to characters/situations/ideas

range of comments with supporting details

awareness of meaning(s), feeling(s) and attitude(s)

identification of effects of devices/language intended/achieved

13-18 marks Answers are likely to include:

focus on response to novel as tragic, or not

explained/sustained response to details of events relevant to tragic, 

e.g. the various deaths, the destruction of aspirations, the wider social 

tragedies

identification/explanation of writer’s presentation of novel as tragic, 

e.g. through imagery and speech, and/or writer’s methods and 

purposes in shaping events in structure of novel

16-18 marks structured response to task

sustained response to characters/situations/ideas

effective use of details to support answer

appropriate comment on meanings

explanation of how effects of devices/language are achieved

19-21 marks sustained and developed response to task

considered/qualified response to writer’s ideas/purposes

details linked to writer’s intentions and purposes

thoughtful consideration of meanings

appreciation or writer’s uses of language/structure/form

19-27 marks Answers are likely to include:

exploration/development of response to novel as tragic, or not

sensitive/critical response to details of events relevant to tragic, e.g. 

the various deaths, the destruction of aspirations, the wider social 

tragedies

developed/analytical comment on/response to writer’s presentation 

of  novel as tragic, e.g. through imagery and speech, and/or writer’s 

methods and purposes in shaping events in structure of novel

22-24 marks analytical response to task

exploratory response to writer’s ideas/purposes

analytical use of detail in support of argument

exploration of meanings

analysis of writer’s use of language/structure/form and effect(s) on 

readers

25-27 marks conceptualised response to task

insightful exploratory response to writer’s ideas/purposes

sensitive analysis of detail in support of argument

convincing/imaginative interpretation of text and/or task

evaluation of writer’s use of language/structure/form and effect(s) on 

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Write about the ways that Steinbeck uses animals i

Write about the ways that Steinbeck uses animals in Of Mice and Men.

                                                            (27 marks)

Skills Descriptors Content Descriptors

Mark Range Statements Mark Range Statements

0 marks nothing written

1-3 marks some writing about text or task

some specific features identified

some awareness of content of text

1-6 marks Answers are likely to include:

some features/details of animals in novel

simple statement(s) about animals, e.g. the mice, the puppy

simple comment(s) about animals and/or presentation and/or use of 

animals

4-6 marks simple response to text or task

familiarity with specific part(s) of a text/reference to some detail(s)

simple comment on meaning

reference to language and/or method

7-9 marks some response to characters/situation/ideas

selection of appropriate material/some range of detail

awareness of explicit meaning(s)

simple identification of a method or an effect e.g. of devices/language

7-12 marks Answers are likely to include:

selection of appropriate material from novel to illustrate use of 

animals

simple comment(s) on details of animals, e.g. on the killing of mice, 

the killing of the puppy, the rabbit in Lennie’s head

some awareness of writer’s methods in presenting animals and his 

purposes in doing so, e.g. his use of mice and the puppy to 

foreshadow tragic events, his presentation and use of the rabbit to 

exemplify Lennie’s childlike mind

10-12 marks supported response to characters/situations/ideas

support points made/some comment on detail

generalisation(s) about meanings of texts

some awareness of a writer at work e.g. through devices/language

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card 3 continued

Skills Descriptors Content Descriptors

Mark Range Statements Mark Range Statements

13-15 marks some focus on the task

explained response to characters/situations/ideas

range of comments with supporting details

awareness of meaning(s), feeling(s) and attitude(s)

identification of effects of devices/language intended/achieved

13-18 marks Answers are likely to include:

focus on Steinbeck’s uses of animals

explained/sustained response to details of animals, e.g. on the 

killing of mice, the killing of the puppy, the rabbit in Lennie’s head

identification/explanation of writer’s methods in presenting animals 

and his purposes in doing so, e.g. his use of mice and puppy to 

foreshadow tragic events, his presentation and use of the rabbit to 

exemplify Lennie’s childlike mind

16-18 marks structured response to task

sustained response to characters/situations/ideas

effective use of details to support answer

appropriate comment on meanings

explanation of how effects of devices/language are achieved

19-21 marks sustained and developed response to task

considered/qualified response to writer’s ideas/purposes

details linked to writer’s intentions and purposes

thoughtful consideration of meanings

appreciation of writer’s uses of language/structure/form

19-27 marks Answers are likely to include:

exploration/development of response to Steinbeck’s uses of animals

sensitive critical response to animals, e.g. on the killing of mice, the 

killing of the puppy, the rabbit in Lennie’s head

developed/analytical comment on/response to writer’s methods in 

presenting animals and his purposes in doing so, e.g. his use of mice 

and puppy to foreshadow tragic events, his presentation and use of the 

rabbit to exemplify Lennie’s childlike mind

22-24 marks analytical response to task

exploratory response to writer’s ideas/purposes

analytical use of detail in support of argument

exploration of meanings

analysis of writer’s use of language/structure/form and effect(s) on 

readers

25-27 marks conceptualised response to task

insightful exploratory response to writer’s ideas/purposes

sensitive analysis of detail in support of argument

convincing/imaginative interpretation of text and/or task

evaluation of writer’s use of language/structure/form and effect(s) on 

reader

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important quotes

  • Guys like us are the loneliest guys in the world
  • and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws
  • Evening of a hot day started the little wind to moving among the leaves. The shade climbed up the hills toward the top. On the sand banks the rabbits sat as quietly as little gray, sculptured stones
  • Slowly, like a terrier who doesn't want to bring a ball to its master, Lennie approached, drew back, approached again
  • Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place....With us it ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us
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